Asian Studies scholarship in Leiden has a justly deserved worldwide reputation. Its breadth and depth are not only unparalleled in the Netherlands, but represent the very best of Asia-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond. In the Research MA specialisation in Asian Studies, you may focus on a specific region, choosing between China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Alternatively, you may conduct your research with the primary emphasis not on a region but rather on a discipline, focusing on such topics as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages, and literature, regionally or cross-regionally.
show/hide factsBoth approaches to research offer the opportunity to work extensively in primary languages, but do not demand this. Naturally, given the renowned expertise of the Leiden teaching faculty, the programme offers broad opportunities to explore both vibrant, present-day Asia and its historical past.
The programme, while directing special attention to regions and interregional relations, uses an inherently comparative Area Studies approach. Asian Studies (research) therefore not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons, but closely co-operates with Middle Eastern Studies (research). This co-operation is institutionalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies.
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